The O-Plague

After a week of non-stop media stories, Obama administration “Public Health Emergencies” , moronic pronouncements by Joe “Pestilence” Biden and UN World Health Organization antics over H1N1 flu, the bumper crop of what they have sown is being harvested.

Hospital emergency rooms are groaning under the weight of people who think they might have the flu.

After a week of headlines about the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, many emergency rooms and hospitals are crammed with people, many of whom don’t need to be there.

The visits by the “worried well” have triggered concerns of overburdening the nation’s hospitals and emergency departments, several health care professionals told CNN.

This week, some hospitals saw record numbers of patients. A few emergency departments shut down to paramedics because of overcrowding.

“We have had a lot of nervous patients with minimal respiratory tract symptoms,” said Dr. Mark Bell, principal of Emergent Medical Associates, which operates 18 emergency departments in Southern California. “It has caused significant amount of delays in emergency care. They’re all walking well.”

“I haven’t seen such a panic among communities perhaps ever,” Bell said. “We are spending significant time in the emergency department, calming people down. Right now, people think if they have a cough or a cold, they’re going to die. That’s a scary, frightening place to be in. I wish that this hysteria had not occurred and that we had tempered a little bit of our opinions and thoughts and fears in the media. It just went haywire.”

In California, triage tents were set outside. Clinics doubled their traffic in major cities like Dallas, Texas, and Chicago, Illinois. In the Los Angeles area, some Emergent Medical Associates locations shut down their paramedic traffic.

Meanwhile, Mexico has, rather sheepishly (rather than swinishly) has cut the number of people it claimed had been killed by the H1N1 virus from 176 to 101.  

The last time the pandemic racket geared itself up to full tilt was for SARS.

Which killed 775 worldwide.

This time it appears to be 101 + 1 “American” death – who was from Mexico.

Diminishing returns.

The real problem with this officially sanctioned, orchestrated hysteria will be if a real pandemic emerges.

Read the Boy Who Cried Wolf if you don’t understand.

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4 Responses to The O-Plague

  1. Mwalimu Daudi says:

    Meanwhile, malaria kills an estimated 1 to 1.5 million people every year. So where are the screaming headlines?

    I have often wondered about this leftist fascination with predicting the end of humanity due to some media-created “crisis”. Nuclear winter, environmental apocalypse, black helicopters sent by Haliburton, Christianist theocracy – they all read like third-rate Hollywood scripts.

    And all of these have identical solutions. If we just get rid of the military, Christians, Jews, corporations, guns, the Constitution, and turn our lives over to our intellectual and moral betters in government, academia and the media we will have eternal salvation. It is a kind of secular fundamentalist eschatology.

  2. Glenn Cassel AMH1(AW) USN RET says:

    I get the flu, I handle it myself. If it gets to where I spend way too much time on the toilet, then the Pepto and Gatorade come out and my Doc gets a call. Doc will usually say, rest in bed, keep warm and drink plenty of fluids. Didn’t I see that once on a Bayer Aspirin commercial, once?

  3. feeblemind says:

    Unintended consequences, eh Gaius? I wonder how many of the ‘walking well’ flooding in have no insurance and how much they will cost the ER rooms?

  4. Tom says:

    It’s amazing that a little thing like this gets blown completely out of proportion by the media. I’m with M. Daudi above – the real diseases that cause untold misery and death are ignored.

    Just the other day, I saw a commercial on the History Channel of what the world would look like if all the humans are gone (from a plague?) It does make one wonder why the scare tactics work so well.

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